Transnational Cultures promotes enquiry into the literary and cultural productions of transnational experiences characterized by the vertical and lateral exchanges of ideas, objects and linguistic practices across the globe.
With the growth of diasporic communities, migratory crossings and virtual exchange, literary and cultural productions beyond, across and traversing borders have become a growing focus of scholarship within historical, contemporary and comparative contexts.
Concepts of nationhood are increasingly understood as a limiting and limited way of understanding culture. While we question the binary relations of center versus periphery, global versus local, we also recognize the importance of scholarship examining relationships that escape these binaries, such as those focusing on South–South exchanges, minor transnational relations and indigenous experiences.
The series encourages new work that investigates how a transnational lens might transform existing understandings of cultural exchange and identity formation in any period or location. We are particularly interested in research that shines a light on transnational cultural experiences that are underrepresented and explores how writers and artists from underrepresented groups position themselves vis-à-vis national and global forces.
What broader flows of knowledge, capital and power mark pre-modern, modern and contemporary cultural productions and identity formations? How do marginal experiences trouble existing narratives of the nation-state and global–local paradigms? What kinds of creolization of cultures and experiences evolve in the processes of transnationalism? How do transnational flows in the Global South, and among marginal or minority communities, facilitate sites of articulation outside normative discourses?
The series strives to offer a renewed understanding of minor and minority expressions and articulations of transnational experiences that often escape national and global discourses.
Proposals for monographs and edited collections from international scholars are welcome. The series is interdisciplinary in scope and welcomes research on literature, film, new media, visual culture and beyond. All proposals and manuscripts will be subjected to rigorous peer review. The main language of publication is English.
Editorial Board: Rhian Atkin (Lisbon), Shakuntala Banaji (London School of Economics), Simone Brioni (Stony Brook), Helena Buescu (Lisbon), Deborah Cherry (London), Anne Garland Mahler (Virginia), Weihsin Gui (Riverside), Maria Koundoura (Emerson), Su Lin Lewis (Bristol), Churnjeet Mahn (Strathclyde), Jacqueline Maingard (Bristol), Stephen Morton (Southampton), Nasser Mufti (Chicago), Christopher Ouma (Cape Town), Dorothy Price (Courtauld Institute of Art), Oana Popescu-Sandhu (Southern Indiana), James Procter (Newcastle), Sara Pugach (Los Angeles), Mark Sabine (Nottingham), Shuang Shen (Penn State), Lisa Shaw (Liverpool), Siobhán Shilton (Bristol), Catherine Speck (Adelaide), Emily Celeste Vázquez Enríquez (UC Davis), Toshio Watanabe (East Anglia), Adam Watt (Exeter)
Hermann Hesse and JapanA Study in Reciprocal Transcultural ReceptionVolume 4©2021 Monographs 352 Pages
After the Imperialist ImaginationTwo Decades of Research on Global Germany and Its LegaciesVolume 3©2020 Edited Collection 376 Pages
Children of the LiberationTransatlantic Experiences and Perspectives of Black Germans of the Post-War GenerationVolume 2©2020 Edited Collection 442 Pages
In, on and through TranslationTabucchi’s Travelling TextsVolume 1©2018 Monographs 298 Pages